Wednesday, 25 November 2020


New Whitianga skatepark on track for completion by Christmas

The new skatepark in Whitianga is continuing to attract a significant amount of community support. Since construction commenced a few weeks ago, underground infrastructure has been installed and several hundred tons of brown rock are at the moment being shaped into a rough outline of the park’s final shape.

“Five carpenters have started building boxing and shuttering, along with fabricating the reinforcing steel in preparation for the first concrete pours,” says Chris Devenoges, one of the trustees of the Mercury Bay Skatepark Trust. “Weather permitting the project is still on track for completion by Christmas.”

The trust is continuing to raise funds for lighting at the park and has already received several thousand dollars from the local community. “The cost of the lighting is expected to be around $50,000,” says Chris.

To date, the following Mercury Bay businesses have contributed materials and services free of charge or at a discount to the construction of the park - Coast2Coast Building Services, Whitianga Plumbing and Drainage, PC Electrical, Carters Whitianga, PlaceMakers Whitianga, Hireworx, Peninsula Hiabs, RMS Surveyors, and Coromandel Quarry & Contracting.

Pictured: Park as it looked on Friday last week.


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